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Subject: Best of the 3?
Having listened to each of these 3 MSG shows, I find this one the best overall, though each offers something special.
Consistently above average versions of first set songs, I especially enjoyed the BE Women. Althea is reserved, but much improved from the trainwreck in Glens Falls. Sailor>Saint may be the weak link in the chain, it's hard for me to truly enjoy any of these early Saints with the misfit lyrics, but the playing is fine.
In set 2 the China > Rider is really nice, as has been mentioned. A little more directed than 9/4, which I find special as it's really open within the songs as well as through the transition. Easy to Love You and Ramble on Rose don't have much that stands out, nor is the Terrapin particularly special to my ear, but the Playin > Drums (with motorcycle) > Space(more like a Jam) > NFA > Stella is delicious. Credit for a particularly creative transition into Stella Blue, though not quite perfectly executed.
4 stars for just about everything.
Subject: China/Rider jam
The reason this jam is a little different is that Bobby's power amp blew up. I was right behind the stage when it happened and got to witness all the mayhem as they dug up a spare and got it wired in. this was a really fun show and I was sure the PA was coming down by the end of the night.
Another nice memory is that when they hit first note of the jam in Playin' they turned a lot of the house lights on. It was a really cool effect, just took the energy right off the stage and out into the house, a perfect moment!
I also got to witness the chopper revving up during drums from pretty close. Never saw that before or since (although the Angel driving his chopper through the crowd at UMass in '79 comes close)!
Dylan M -
Subject: Second what the last reviewer said!
I usually grow weary of hearing brent era china>riders. Just not one of those classics that kept its luster by comparison of the 70s heyday versions. Especially since I feel the one's with Keith sounded fuller perhaps, since the china jam is kind of jazzy in a way. Either way, something just got sloppier about this segue in the Brent Era. BUT... this version is quite good! I've only listened to this thus far, but quite an extra effort on the China Jam! Almost an 8 minute china cat with great interplay on everybodys part. If only they had spent more time rehearsing this classic back into normal rotation so they all could have sounded this good.
PS- another great sleeper 80s China Rider is the 1982.10.10 frost show. In a different way, but still equally great!
Subject: 79 garden
Still one of the best china/rider transitions of all time
Subject: End of a great 3 show run
Got to see all 3 of these shows and it was fun fun fun.
First Dont Ease(before they cheesed it up, lol).
Isnt this the show where the speakers above the band were literally rocking back and forth during Sugar Mag? I have vivid images of Jerry looking up and being just a bit worried!
And after the JBG encore, nobody would leave. Some clown came on stage and gave the old Elvis line "The band has left the building!"
What a shame kids nowadays cant enjoy such nonsense, maybe they would lighten up.